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Stephen R. Covey has developed a holistic, personal, principle-centered approach to dealing with people and organizations. His runaway bestseller, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" (Simon & Schuster, 1989), has sold more than 4 million copies and has been translated into 26 languages. Covey, founder of the Covey Leadership Center based in Provo, Utah, maintains an active speaking and consulting calendar. His most recent book is "First Things First" (Simon & Schuster, 1994). Management Review's Martha H. Peak caught up with Covey at the Governor's National Conference on Quality in Education held in Albuquerque, N.M., last spring.
MR: How do you define leadership?
COVEY: Leadership involves creating a culture behind a shared value system based on natural principles. That happens inside a family, inside a corporation, and inside a classroom.
The power of the American Constitution is that it is based on principles: "We hold these truths to be self-evident..." Try to imagine a world without these principles.
I feel that the economic bond has …